In the world of journalism, a television station repeating a story from the local newspaper is rare. The opposite is far more likely to happen. Occasionally, however, a team of reporters go deep---a rare occurrence in broadcast media---and uncover a story that resonates across a region, indeed stories that can have repercussions across the nation. I think the coverage by the Tampa Bay Times of the disproportionate demands made by bay area Walmarts on already stretched safety forces is one such story. Here's what the WTSP staff had to say:
Police officers and sheriff deputies risk their lives every day, responding to calls from burglaries to domestic abuse. But many of them are also responding to bay area Walmarts, called to investigate thefts for items as inexpensive as a bottle of soda. Those calls end up costing taxpayers in the long run. 10 News Investigate's Noah Pransky recently talked to Tampa Bay Times reporter Laura Morel about the Times' search through thousands of police calls at local Walmart art stores---to find out just how much those calls are costing all of us.
Look for other newspapers to start looking into police calls at their local Walmarts.

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